Saturday, April 21, 2012

And it's done!

Today I finished the binding on my nephew's quilt. These Jelly Roll Race quilts are certainly speedy projects.

I chose a simple free motion pattern for the quilting, used a bright variegated thread, and it looks quite cute don't you think?

The coordinating fabric isn't from the same range as the jelly roll, but it goes quite well. I purchased a metre (which is about a yard and three inches). It's used for the squares, the binding, and I had a small chunk left to piece into the back.

The backing fabric with the spots was already in my stash - I think I got it on a super bargain at Spotlight. I think around $4.00 a metre or so - almost used that up entirely as well. Happy days!

And in matters completely unrelated:

On Wednesday I was going through my pantry, and found a baggie of bread flour that I'd forgotten. So many bloggers have chattered about making bread - and it has been a little while for me, so I got busy. I used Judy Laquidara's recipe, but I know I made a bit of a boo boo with the flour - I put a little too much in and the dough was a little dry.

Here's the bread getting ready to rise in the dining room - it's often warmest there in the middle of the day.

And here are the finished loaves - the kids just love fresh bread. There really is nothing like it. and it didn't last long!

And given that I'm chattering about food and pantry stuff ... a blog that I read semi-regularly is the Frugal Girl. She has inspired me to think more about how much food we waste in this house - and how many things I purchase on impulse when I'm at the grocery store.

To try and combat this, I've decided I'll start menu-planning for the week, and as a result maybe I'll keep better tabs on my spending. My grocery shop was on Tuesday evening so I started with Wednesday's evening meal:

Wednesday - Steak and Salad
Thursday - Chicken and Salad
Friday - Chicken and Bacon Soup
Saturday - Roast Beef
Sunday - Chicken Stir Fry
Monday - Meatloaf
Tuesday - Leftovers

So far it's all working and I hope I can keep it up. I think what I'll find hardest is getting a good bunch of basic recipes to work from - I'm definitely no gourmet! Does anyone have any experience with menu planning, using leftovers, or an amazing recipe to share? I'd love to hear from you! xox


Impera Magna said...

The jelly roll race quilt turned out very nicely... I'm sure your nephew will love it! I also like that you got to use up almost all of the fabric... I swear my scrap bins must be breeding b/c there is more scraps everyday.

I love homemade bread... and it really doesn't take all that much time... most just waiting for it to rise. That's some GOOD stuff... never lasts long around here either.

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Your nephew's quilt is gorgeous! Lucky boy :-)
Agree on your thoughts about using up the food you buy. We throw away too much, and I wish it was easier to make dinners that you can use some of the left over ingredients from the day before and so on. Hope you'll share some of your aha moments :-)
Happy weekend

Donna said...

I love your quilt, and the bread looks yummy. Homemade bread is the best! You've inspired me to try to plan ahead so I can cut the food waste in our home.

Browndirtcottage said...

Oh YUM! Did someone mention bread???
Let me get the butter!!! HA!

That is THE cutest quilt!! I'm crazy over that dot on the back and the binding is perfect!!

My Piece of the World said...

Good job on the quilt. I love the material you used for the backing. Your nephew is going to love it and treasure it always:)

Pip said...

I just love the binding fabric, works in well with the rest of the quilt especially as you have the little squares of it in the quilt.

Fresh bread - very dangerous in our house, we just eat it straight from the oven, so I don't make it too often.

I sort of menu plan, as there are only the two of us, we usually have leftovers the next day, or I might cook chicken one day and the next have chicken salad. Sometimes I make extra and freeze it for when I'm too busy to cook.

Lorraine said...

When I saw the title of this post I half expected to see Mrs Billings ...LOL. Love the jelly roll quilt....and that bread.....I can almost smell it!!!

barbara woods said...

i love that quilt and that bread makes me wont to make some

Anonymous said...

I often buy warehouse packs of hamburger (it's cheaper in bigger quantities) and fry it all up at once adding onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Then I divide it up and freeze it. When I want to make tacos, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, etc., my hamburger is already cooked...I just add the other ingredients. I also use freezer bags to package it in and freeze them flat so they don't take up as much space in my freezer. Good luck with menu does work well!

High River, Alberta, Canada


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